lucyp: Cartoon picture of a duck wearing wellies and holding an umbrella, with text 'OTW Founding Member' (Default)
[personal profile] lucyp
Fandom is abuzz today with the news of the relaunched version of delicious - now 90% less useful! I don't have a whole lot to say that hasn't already been said at length elsewhere (I expended most of my energy writing the official Ao3 post), but seeing a great fannish resource like this in crisis is a great reminder of why I am a part of the OTW, and why I think it's worth running for Board. Delicious is a prime example of how commercial/general sites are used by fans in exciting and creative ways... and how that fannish work can quickly be lost or undermined by changes instituted by a provider who doesn't care about fans. Creating our own tools, hosted on our own servers, is the only way we can be sure of preserving all that fannish awesome (although happily fandom is like the hydra - it doesn't matter how many times platforms are pulled from under our feet, we'll always grow another head elsewhere).

I'm proud to be part of an organisation that is creating great tools like the AO3 and helping fans to build their own solutions. As [personal profile] julia_beck points out, the AO3 isn't the right platform for a complete Delicious replacement (even if we could offer the necessary upgrades, what about the meta, and fannish wank, and those random sites on the rate of bodily decomposition you looked up for that one fic...), but I think the OTW as a whole is a great symbol of the way fandom can create its own tools. ♥

Edited to add the link to Julia's post and the crucial words 'in crisis' without which the meaning of my sentence changed quite a lot!
From:
Anonymous( )Anonymous This account has disabled anonymous posting.
OpenID( )OpenID You can comment on this post while signed in with an account from many other sites, once you have confirmed your email address. Sign in using OpenID.
User
Account name:
Password:
If you don't have an account you can create one now.
Subject:
HTML doesn't work in the subject.

Message:

 
Notice: This account is set to log the IP addresses of everyone who comments.
Links will be displayed as unclickable URLs to help prevent spam.

Profile

lucyp: Cartoon picture of a duck wearing wellies and holding an umbrella, with text 'OTW Founding Member' (Default)
lucyp

November 2011

S M T W T F S
  12345
6789101112
13 1415 16171819
20212223242526
27282930   

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Aug. 18th, 2017 01:12 am
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios